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# Ticker Symbol Entity Name As Of Date Review Url Logo Author Title Author Location Author Country Summary Description PROs CONs Recommends Value Recommends Description Outlook Value Outlook Description CEO Review Value CEO Review Description Helpful Count Rating: Overall Rating: Work/Life Balance Rating: Culture & Values Rating: Career Opportunities Rating: Comp & Benefits Rating: Senior Management Company Id Company URL Date Added Date Updated Ticker Sector Ticker Industry
1 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Feb 4th, 2019 12:00AM Open Open Current Employee - Anonymous Employee "High pay, Low morale" I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 10 years) The company pays well and has plenty of office perks. The company is a like a ship without a motor. Lots of failures and low risk, poorly thought out ventures. Senior people have been checked out for years. -1.0 Doesn't Recommend 1.0 Positive Outlook -1.0 Disapproves of CEO 3.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 24849 Open Feb 5th, 2019 09:17AM Feb 5th, 2019 09:17AM Technology Software & Computer Services
2 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Jan 7th, 2019 12:00AM Open Open Current Employee - UI/User Experience Designer Bellevue, WA USA "Dream Company" I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than a year) Pay, Benefits, People, Projects, Self-Management, Vacation. There are vague expectations at times. Learning curve when starting is bigger than other companies. 1.0 Recommends 1.0 Positive Outlook 1.0 Approves of CEO 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 24849 Open Jan 8th, 2019 09:27AM Jan 8th, 2019 09:27AM Technology Software & Computer Services
3 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Oct 31st, 2018 12:00AM Open Open Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor "Awesome Company" I worked at Valve Corporation as a contractor Projects are interestingPeople are smart and senior in their fieldYour ability to add value and have an impact is limited only by your imaginationFacilities are beautiful and amenities are top notch None, but the field requires at least five words. 1.0 Recommends 1.0 Positive Outlook 1.0 Approves of CEO 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 24849 Open Nov 1st, 2018 11:40AM Nov 1st, 2018 11:40AM Technology Software & Computer Services
4 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Sep 12th, 2018 12:00AM Open Open Former Employee - Level Designer "Toxic Company" I worked at Valve Corporation (More than a year) -High salary-Freedom, however short lived -Highly toxic work environment with heavy politics-Random firings-Random cancellations of projects-CEO only fires people -1.0 Doesn't Recommend -1.0 Negative Outlook -1.0 Disapproves of CEO 3.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 24849 Open Sep 13th, 2018 06:38AM Sep 13th, 2018 06:38AM Technology Software & Computer Services
5 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Aug 23rd, 2012 12:00AM Open Open Former Employee - Anonymous Employee "Good start for engineers alike" Very good for engineers like myself Very good for engineers like myself No cons at all, you know yeah, none 2.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 24849 Open Apr 3rd, 2018 07:26PM Jun 27th, 2018 04:12PM Technology Software & Computer Services
6 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Oct 4th, 2013 12:00AM Open Open Current Employee - Anonymous Employee "Great Company" I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 5 years) - awesome work environment- very talented people- great benefits nothing bad about this company 1.0 Recommends 1.0 Positive Outlook 1.0 Approves of CEO 10.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 24849 Open Apr 3rd, 2018 07:26PM Jun 27th, 2018 04:12PM Technology Software & Computer Services
7 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Aug 5th, 2013 12:00AM Open Open Former Employee - Anonymous Employee Bellevue, WA USA "It's like being in high school again." I worked at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 3 years) Good pay, sometimes good projects, good talent The lack of solid structure in management reduces the company to schoolyard politics where bullies and loudmouths reign. -1.0 Doesn't Recommend 1.0 Positive Outlook 63.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 1.0 24849 Open Apr 3rd, 2018 07:26PM Jun 27th, 2018 04:12PM Technology Software & Computer Services
8 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Apr 25th, 2013 12:00AM Open Open Current Employee - N/A Bellevue, WA USA "The best company to work for in the tech industry" I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 5 years) Amazingly empowering. No management. No red tape. Salaries are above top of the industry. And families come first - work-life balance pretty much couldn't be better. Not constrained by public/outside investment - entirely self-funded, so making customers happy is all we have to worry about. Easy to make an individual contribution that impacts millions of customers in a positive way - every day. Whole company takes everyone to freaking Hawaii (with families) every year - not to work, just to chill out. And so far, things the company doesn't do well have gotten identified and have become the target of concerted redesign and improvement.It's not the superficial workplace niceties that make Valve awesome - those are a given. It's the substance of the place that is different.Also, Gaben's beard. Not having a boss often makes it hard (at least temporarily) to know whether I'm doing the right thing. Let's see, what else... Company doesn't yet have an office in Hawaii. 1.0 Recommends 1.0 Positive Outlook 1.0 Approves of CEO 21.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 24849 Open Apr 3rd, 2018 07:26PM Jun 27th, 2018 04:12PM Technology Software & Computer Services
9 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Apr 4th, 2013 12:00AM Open Open Current Employee - Software Engineer Bellevue, WA USA "Great place to work and learn" I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 5 years) You get to work with the smartest people in the industry, you get to take on as much responsibility as you are capable of, you get to directly influence and make decisions about product direction, no on else has the authority to force you into a decision you don't agree with, compensation and benefits are amazing You will be held to very high standards, having to take on more responsibility and make higher level product decisions can mean additional pressure/stress vs more narrow roles at other companies 1.0 Recommends 1.0 Positive Outlook 1.0 Approves of CEO 9.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 24849 Open Apr 3rd, 2018 07:26PM Jun 27th, 2018 04:12PM Technology Software & Computer Services
10 private:valve https://www.glassdoor.com?employer_id=24849 Nov 14th, 2014 12:00AM Open Open Former Employee - Engineer Bellevue, WA USA "Challenging, chaotic, interesting, surprisingly similar to other great companies" I worked at Valve Corporation full-time (More than a year) Valve offers extremely generous benefits and perqs, and affords employees high levels of trust to do whatever they need to be productive. It is a privilege to work with the folks at Valve because nearly all are exceptionally accomplished, competent and eager to build something great. The environment really encourages employees to be positive and to focus on work that will directly impact the customer. Productivity is rewarded in part by peer review which makes employees accountable to their team. Changing teams/projects is usually easy, and is usually each employee's own decision. Employee autonomy is inherent in Valve's process. Many of the ways in which Valve seeks to differentiate from other companies are not actually so valid. While it's true that Valve has no official job titles or promotions, compensation varies greatly among employees and many teams have an obvious pecking order. There is no formal management structure, but it's clear that some people have substantially more control over project direction and the work of others. Even though productivity is said to be the only metric that matters, people who are already connected or are accomplished social engineers will do just fine. Denying that all of these social forces are at work makes the problem intractable and difficult to even discuss.For a company that makes so much money, Valve is surprisingly risk-averse. New projects, internal tools, dev infrastructure, and anything that doesn't contribute to a current product are met with disdain. Because teams are intended to be self-forming, it's rare that enough people will want to assume risk to all collectively embark on a new project. It's too safe and too profitable to just contribute to something that's already successful. Even though failure is supposed to be tolerated and even encouraged so that employees will try new ideas and experiments, there is little evidence of this. After a few rounds of bonuses, folks learn quickly what is rewarded, and what is not.Valve's success has made folks arrogant, and this contributes to the problem of how new ideas are considered and discussed. Dogmatic thinking is actually common because people can always point to a great success in the past and use this to justify why everything should continue as it is. Some folks at Valve do not want the company to grow. Valve already has an incredibly strong profit/employee ratio. Why dilute it? This line of thinking crops up in project discussions as well, and causes many ideas to be dismissed because they seem too niche/unprofitable (at the time). 1.0 Recommends 1.0 Positive Outlook -1.0 Disapproves of CEO 39.0 4.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 24849 Open Apr 3rd, 2018 07:26PM Jun 27th, 2018 04:12PM Technology Software & Computer Services

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